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    Cateye TL-LD1000 vs LD1000BR

    Hi,
    I was thinking on getting a Cateye TL-LD1000 tail light in ebay as it was not available in Spain. A few hours ago I came back from the biggest bike show here and the importer displayed a LD1000BR tail light. Are the TL-LD1000 and the LD1000BR exactly the same as it seems by its appearing?
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    I'll speculate: the BR model is somehow approved by the British transportation authorities. But that is just a guess.

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    Guess

    Hi, Mech:
    Thanks for your opinion. Any suggestion for a really daylight visible easy to carry tail light?
    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by cristobal41
    Hi, Mech:
    Thanks for your opinion. Any suggestion for a really daylight visible easy to carry tail light?
    Regards
    The LD1000 is good, especially because of its visibility from the side, but it can be difficult to remove from its attachment mount. Some people accidentally break the mounting clip.

    I like the Planet Bike "SuperFlash" too, and it is easier to remove from its mount, so you can take it with you if you lock your commuting bike. It's smaller and lighter than the Cateye LD1000, but it's daytime-visible too.
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    TL-LD1000 attachement

    Hi again,
    I never thought to attach the LD1000 to my bike but to my messenger bag as it is placed higher and more visible to the ones behind in a car. I will take it with me then. How can I attach it to my bag specifical holder?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cristobal41
    Hi again,
    I never thought to attach the LD1000 to my bike but to my messenger bag as it is placed higher and more visible to the ones behind in a car. I will take it with me then. How can I attach it to my bag specifical holder?
    Regards.
    Cateye includes a holder to clip the LD1000 to a bag. It is a very focused light, so if it is clipped to a bag, it probably will not be very bright to the motorists because it will be aimed upwards. You might want to save some money and buy a Planet Bike "Blinky 5". The whole lens lights up from the LEDs and I think it might be more visible when it's on a bag than the LD1000 because of that reason. It is also quite bright.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon
    I like the Planet Bike "SuperFlash" too, and it is easier to remove from its mount, so you can take it with you if you lock your commuting bike.

    I have not seen it yet around here, but a few questions come to mind:

    1. Can it be bolted to a rack or a metal plate like the TL-LD1000 and the old Vistalite?
    (I prefer permanent mounting)

    2. Does it use 2 or 3 batteries? AA or AAA ?
    (I prefer batteries in pairs because I like to use rechargeable batteries and my charger works in pairs. I also prefer the autonomy of AAs.)

    3. Do you need to remove the taillight and remove screws to access the batteries?
    (I'd prefer not.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michel Gagnon
    I have not seen it yet around here, but a few questions come to mind:

    1. Can it be bolted to a rack or a metal plate like the TL-LD1000 and the old Vistalite?
    (I prefer permanent mounting)

    2. Does it use 2 or 3 batteries? AA or AAA ?
    (I prefer batteries in pairs because I like to use rechargeable batteries and my charger works in pairs. I also prefer the autonomy of AAs.)

    3. Do you need to remove the taillight and remove screws to access the batteries?
    (I'd prefer not.)
    The SuperFlash can't be bolted on directly. It uses two AAA's, and the white and red parts pop apart to install the batteries. If you'd like to see a 9MB Windows Media Player movie showing the SuperFlash disected at close range, along with its mount, I can PM you a link to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon
    Cateye includes a holder to clip the LD1000 to a bag.
    The first ones to hit the states did not have the clip. Hopefull that inventory is gone, but...

    Quote Originally Posted by Michel Gagnon
    1. Can it be bolted to a rack or a metal plate like the TL-LD1000 and the old Vistalite?
    (I prefer permanent mounting)

    2. Does it use 2 or 3 batteries? AA or AAA ?
    (I prefer batteries in pairs because I like to use rechargeable batteries and my charger works in pairs. I also prefer the autonomy of AAs.)

    3. Do you need to remove the taillight and remove screws to access the batteries?
    (I'd prefer not.)
    1. Yes, in fact it will fit the old Vistalight clothing clips too.

    2. two AA

    3. Nope you can leave it on the bike, they come out the side.

    Most of this stuff is on the Cateye website, you can even buy brackets to fit different size seatposts and stays on the site.
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    Setting new standards in safety.

    The TL-LD1000 is the latest and brightest tail light from CatEye. It is highly water resistant, has 4 different modes, and offers side visibility. With 10 super bright LEDs and CatEye Opticube lens technology, the TL-LD1000 is designed to be bright enough to be used even during the day.

    Features

    - 2 AA batteries

    - 10 LED's

    - 3 flashing modes runs to 100 hours

    - Constant mode runs to 50 hours

    - 18 - 44 mm seatpost mounting

    - clothing clip included
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    Quote Originally Posted by cristobal41
    Hi again,
    I never thought to attach the LD1000 to my bike but to my messenger bag as it is placed higher and more visible to the ones behind in a car. I will take it with me then. How can I attach it to my bag specifical holder?
    Regards.
    I don't recommend attaching the LD1000 to your bag. The LEDs in this light are very bright, but very directional also. It should be mounted hard to something to guarantee that it is pointing in the right direction. As a heavy light, it will probably end up pointing down if it is on your bag. It does come with a clip that would go on a belt or strap etc. if you do decide to put it on your bag.
    Would rather be at 119.49079W, 37.76618N

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2manybikes
    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon
    Cateye includes a holder to clip the LD1000 to a bag.
    The first ones to hit the states did not have the clip. Hopefull that inventory is gone, but...
    My LBS (Kansas City area) ordered a pair of the TL-LD1000s for me earlier this year... around May or June, IIRC. The clip was included with both of the beasties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon
    The SuperFlash can't be bolted on directly. It uses two AAA's, and the white and red parts pop apart to install the batteries. If you'd like to see a 9MB Windows Media Player movie showing the SuperFlash disected at close range, along with its mount, I can PM you a link to it.
    I just realized I answered all his questions as if he was asking about the Cateye and not the Superflash.
    Need more sleep.
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